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American Handgunner Jan/Feb 2011 - Page 60

Almosts: Piranha ! J.B. Wood Too Good To STay Gone? ost everyone knows a piranha is a particularly vicious little South American fish. Reportedly, a school of them can reduce any animal to bones in about three minutes. When Walter Perrine and Joe Smith gave their pistol this name, I imagine they wanted to convey it was quick and effective. But, in the “felt-recoil” area, it was anything but vicious. Recoil-less? Well … almost. When shooting my 9mm sample, even with 147-gr. loads, the felt-recoil was about the same as a pistol in .22 LR. This is accomplished by the use of a bolt linked to a counter weight, directing the recoil force rearward and down, into the handgrip. Those are the essential elements of Walter Perrine’s 1970 patent, and indeed, the system works beautifully. At 25 yards, even in rapid fire, the targets showed absolutely no “climb” of the strikes up the black bull. Well-centered 5-shot groups measured about 2" vertically. So why haven’t you seen this remarkable pistol on the market? Thereby, as they say, hangs a tale. Bear M J.B. with a test target: 25 yards, rapid fire with two hands! With the bolt retracted, note the counter weight swung down into the grip frame. The rear sight and receiver hinge, an unusual design, indeed. The alternate-feed 10-round magazine was well constructed and worked fine. A rare maker, indeed, with only 23 Piranhas ever made! 60 WWW.AMERICAnhAnDGUnnER.COM • JAnUARY/FEBRUARY 2011

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